Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

There are so many things wrong with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 that it could take pages to write about, but first and foremost anything threatening to disturb Native American ancestral lands should be off limits. We should be better than this by now; we owe Native Americans so much that we should not even have been contemplating that this was okay by any means. Shame on you Senator McCain. Secondly we have to acknowledge that mining and pillaging our natural resources is doing us and our environment more harm than good in the long run. We have to honor our natural resources because they are what keeps our planetary habitat in balance and our great forests play a key role in that. It has been decades that we have been told that deforestation anywhere in the world is very harmful to everyone on the planet and yet we don’t heed these warnings. If we look to the Amazon Basin, to the Northwest, to Indonesia; the ravages of deforestation are very much in evidence. Our forests play a vital part in soil protection, drought mitigation, and carbon sequestration and yet in the name of profits, we jettison good environmental stewardship for the short term advantages. We are our own worst enemy. How do we break away from this poisonous profit model? It only serves a tiny minority while the majority of us toil away and exist as working poor, stressing over bills and events that are beyond our control. It shouldn’t be this way, but it seems as if we are on a speeding treadmill of capitalism and we can’t find the eject button. This is in my opinion not what progress should be about; progress should be about enlightenment and the betterment of humanity, not in material matters, but in humanitarian matters. I realize that this is very naive, as most would say, but if we look at our history globally; it is about concentrated wealth at the top and exploited majorities at the bottom over centuries and centuries and except for the brief honeymoon of Post World War II when income inequality partially became less dramatic, we haven’t really evolved. We still exploit those who are weaker and disenfranchised and to what end? Money. It is beyond depressing.
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